Squire the Man, the Cars, the Heritage by Jonathan Wood has won the Specialist Book of the Year Award at the 2016 Royal Automobile Club’s Motoring Book of the Year Awards ceremony.
This is the third year of the successful awards and an innovation this year was the introduction of a specialist book of the year award, which recognised a work representing a dedicated feat of research and endeavor. Jonathan Wood’s extraordinary book on the esoteric Squire marque, which produced just seven sports cars in the 1930s in an attempt to rival Aston Martin, took the accolade for 2016.
Peter Read, Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee chairman, said: “Our respect is immense for the work of Jonathan Wood in chronicling the little known achievements of Adrian Squire. It’s just the kind of book, where perhaps wide commercial prospects take second place to a venture of incredible research and writing, that our new Specialist Book Award is designed to celebrate.”
In this profusely illustrated, impeccably-researched book commissioned by four Squire owners, and published by Classic Motor Cars Limited (CMC) award-winning motoring historian Jonathan Wood candidly recounts the story of the Squire, the charismatic, costly British sports car produced between 1934 and 1936.
Mike Roe, Managing Director of CMC, said: “CMC are delighted that Johnathan Wood’s wonderful book on the Squire has won the RAC's Specialist Motoring Book of the Year award, it having already won the American Society of Automotive Historians Cugnot Award as their book of the year - the highest accolade possible.”
He added: “Not only did we publish the book but we also restored the first long wheel base car which itself has also won awards this year. Fitting tributes to a great car and a great book.”
This first full-length history of the marque was compiled with the co-operation of the Squire family, and the author has been able to draw on diaries, photographs and recently discovered letters written by Adrian Squire to his fiancée to reveal the reality of the by then 24-year-old’s personality, extraordinary engineering and stylistic achievement. His friends and associates add a further human dimension to the story, in particular his co-directors, the mercurial racing driver-cum-playboy, Jock Manby-Colegrave, and his accomplished sales manager, Reginald Slay.
Although Wood has been carrying out extensive research and writing about the Squire since 1964, the overwhelming majority of the information in the 130,000 words of text, and many of the photographs, were completely new to him and they will be to the reader.
Wood’s passionate drive and involvement in this self-publishing exercise has taken over two and a half years. Consequently, this authoritative book is the product of countless hours of research, telling not only the story of the Squire car but also, for the first time, exploring its creator’s personality and background. Drawing on contemporary correspondence and interviews, Wood recounts the formidable challenges that Adrian faced in bringing his dream to fruition. The author also charts the history and ownership of each car, visually complemented by rare archive material and specially commissioned photographs.
Today the Squire is one of the most sought-after sports cars in the world and this book explains why it enjoys such respect and universal acclaim.
You can buy the book by contacting CMC directly or visiting www.squirebook.co.uk/index.html